Andrew Deines
Andrew M. Deines, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Ecological & Biological Sciences
Menlo Park

Dr. Deines is a quantitative ecosystem and fishery scientist with more than 10 years of experience. He uses advanced statistics to assess the ecological impacts of anthropogenic activities, including dam construction and operation, invasive species, and overfishing, on rivers and lakes around the world. He specializes in data-limited problems by using literature reviews, meta-analyses, and simulations to address knowledge gaps common to environmental impact and risk assessment. Dr. Deines has particular expertise in determining the relationship between populations and drivers of environmental change, such as river flow alterations caused by hydropower generation or landscape-level influences on primary production.

He has conducted international field work in Africa and Australia, working on multidisciplinary research teams of geneticists, social scientists, economists, and natural resource managers.

Much of Dr. Deines’ work includes environmental economic dimensions that consider the value of ecosystems services. In particular, he has developed a bio-economic framework to assess the potential environmental and economic benefits, or drawbacks, of harvesting invasive species for food and other uses.

Dr. Deines’ expertise also includes the development and use of environmental DNA (eDNA) for the detection of rare or invasive species in aquatic systems using species-specific genetic markers. Dr. Deines has used DNA analyses to examine the genetic impact of invasive species to native populations and the potential impact to commercially important fisheries.


  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Notre Dame, 2013
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Western Washington University, 2003


Deines AM, DB Bunnell, MW Rogers et al. The contribution of lakes to global inland fisheries harvest. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2017. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1503

Deines AM, Wittmann ME, Deines JM, Lodge DM. Tradeoffs among ecosystem services associated with global tilapia introductions. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture 2016; 24(2):178–191.

Woelmer WM, Kao Y,Bunnell DB, Deines AM, Bennion DH, Mark W, Brooks CN, Sayers MJ, Banach DM, Grimm AG, Robert A. Assessing the influence of watershed characteristics on chlorophyll a in waterbodies at global and regional scales. Inland Waters 2016; 6:379–392.

Lynch AJ, Cooke SJ, Deines A, Bower S, Bunnell DB,Cowx IG, Nguyen VM, Nonher J, Phouthavong K, Riley B, Rogers MW, Taylor WW, Woelmer WM, Youn S, Beard JTD. The social, economic, and ecological importance of inland fishes and fisheries. Environmental Reviews 2016; 24(2):115–121.

Deines AM,Bunnell DB, Rogers MW, Beard TD, Taylor WW. A review of the global relationship among freshwater fish, autotrophic activity, and regional climate. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 2015; 25(2):323–336.

Sayers MJ, Grimm AG, Shuchman RA, Deines AM, Bunnell DB, Raymer ZB, Rogers MW, Woelmer W, Bennion DH, Brooks CN, Whitley MA, Warner DM, Mychek-Londer J. A new method to generate a high-resolution global distribution map of lake chlorophyll. International Journal of Remote Sensing 2015; 36(7):1942–1964.

Deines AM, Bbole I, Katongo C, Feder JL, Lodge DM. Hybridization of native Oreochromis species (cichlidae) and the introduced Nile tilapia (O. niloticus) in the Kafue River, Zambia. African Journal of Aquatic Science 2014; 39(1):23–34.

Wittmann, ME, CL Jerde, JG Howeth, SP Maher, AM Deines, et al. Carp in the Great Lakes Region: Establishment potential, expert perceptions and re-evaluation of experimental evidence of ecological impact. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2014; 71(7):992–999.

Deines AM, Bee CA, Jensen R, Lodge DM. 2013. The potential tradeoff between artisanal fisheries production and hydroelectricity generation on the Kafue River, Zambia. Freshwater Biology 2013; 58(4):640–654.

Deines AM, Mahon AR, Chadderton WL, Jerde CJ, et. al. Detection of feral tilapia populations using a novel environmental DNA surveillance method. Final Report. Australian Government Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, 2013.

Deines AM, Chen VC, Landis WG. Modeling the risks of nonindigenous species introductions using a patch-dynamics approach incorporating contaminant effects as a disturbance. Risk Analysis 2005; 25(6):1637–1651.

Select Presentations

Deines AM, Bunnell DB, Rogers MW, Bennion DH, Woelmer W, Brooks CN, Grimm AG, Raymer Z, Sachs MJ, Schuchman RA, Beard TD. New estimation method for global freshwater fish production. Global Conference on Inland Fisheries, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy, January 26–28, 2015.

Deines AM, Bennion D, Brooks C, Bunnell D, et al. Fishing from space: Estimating fishery production using remote sensing. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 17–21, 2014.

Deines AM, Bunnell DB, Rogers MW, Beard TD, Jr., Taylor WW. Global patterns of inland fisheries and primary production using meta-analysis. American Fisheries Society, Little Rock, AK, September 8–13.

Deines AM, Bee CA, Jensen R, Lodge DM. Influence of fishery effort and damming on Kafue River, Zambia fishery production. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin TX, August 7–12, 2011.

Professional Affiliations

American Fisheries Society, member since 2013

Ecological Society of America, member since 2011


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  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Notre Dame, 2013
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Western Washington University, 2003